(‘Screw this, baby. Let’s go to IHOP.’)
You’d think Cesar Gracie – head trainer/enabler to Nick and Nate Diaz – would have enough head cases in his life to keep himself busy. Either that’s not true, or else perhaps he’s developed a taste for difficult students, because now he is actively courting Jose Canseco. Silly us, we hoped it was just an empty, impulsive gesture when team members put out a video of them in a diner inviting Canseco to come on down and learn how to fight. But now the Gracie squad says it has reached an agreement to train Canseco for a fight with Herschel Walker “should that matchup happen.”
Hopefully that matchup won’t happen, and as a result Nick Diaz will not have to face a crisis of conscience for helping Canseco in his efforts to demean MMA for his own financial gain. Why the Gracie team wants anything to do with him is a mystery in itself. Unless they’re not getting a big enough piece of Diaz’s six-figure payday and are dealing with a dire financial situation, you’d think they’d want to stay away from a guy who has proved so toxic to everything he touches.
On his Twitter, Canseco confirmed that he’d had some talks with Cesar Gracie and his staff, and said “things are moving at a fast pace.” Added Canseco:
“Just so you know. I was not professionally trained to fight in any of my other fights. Things will be different this time around.”
We’re hoping the difference is that nobody agrees to pay him to fight this time.